M-Sport’s 2022 Hybrid powertrain accumulated more testing during the Goodyear tyre test earlier this week in the hands of Andrew Jordan.
Goodyear’s two-day tyre test on July 6/7 at Oulton Park was accompanied by the integration of next year’s brand new hybrid powertrain in a Toyota Corolla.
Former BTCC driver and BTCC Hybrid Development driver Andrew Jordan managed to clock up 118 laps and 268 miles around a rain-soaked Cheshire circuit with no faults or damages to report.
He said: “We’ve already done a number of other days in the car at Anglesey, but it’s important to come here so we can see performance-wise, the level that it’s at, and also to get miles on it.
“It needs to be reliable for when the championship goes to Hybrid power next year, so we’ve done a lot more laps than anyone else purely with that reliability in mind.”
The engine itself has been developed by M-Sport, who won the rights to build the power plant until at least 2026. Cosworth will also assist in the finalisation of the engines, specialising in the complicated and highly advanced electrical components required.
The same base components of the hybrid powered TOCA engine have been kept the same since ever since the very first test back in July of 2020. The hybrid motor, battery and electronics involved have required no repairs and only minor software changes since their inception.
The parts have now accrued an annual average of miles for a current BTCC engine with no emphasis on the lap-times produced during this test, on top of the full-season simulation from previous dyno running.
Certain strategies have been pursued throughout such as experimenting an electric running in the pitlane.
More testing will occur until the new Hybrid cars are brought into the British Touring Car Championship next year.